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Cynthia B. Astle

  • David Field Uniting

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    A Slender Thread of Hope

    The true heart of United Methodism's threat of schism isn't power or sex; it's the lack of love for those with whom we disagree, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

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  • Puerto Rico Methodists

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    Puerto Rico Needs Our Help and Understanding

    Facing unequal response because of racism, Puerto Rico needs United Methodists to hold U.S. officials accountable for providing the same level of aid given to Americans recovering from other recent disasters. more

Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • Eagleton Partnership

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    Four Become One; Partnership Embraces Unity

    St. John United Methodist and its in-house Hispanic congregation San Juan, joined with its neighbors Broadway Baptist Church and Hope Community Church to celebrate their third Eagleton Partnership Sunday, Nov. 19, reported The Daily Times of Maryville, Tenn. The partnership formed four years ago after Broadway’s pastor, Tony Collins, and St. John's pastor, Bill Shelton, talked together about ways to serve the Eagleton area. Now the staff from both churches meet on Wednesday mornings for prayer and talks about common ministries. more

  • Oklahoma Church with Popular Thrift Shop Adds Meal Ministry

    Nicoma Park United Methodist Church near Oklahoma City has begun a meal ministry called Lunches of Love, according to NewsOK.com. Thanks to an inspiration from its senior pastor, the Rev. Nancy McCullough, church now offers free sack lunches every fourth Saturday at the church and its popular Helping Hands Thrift Store nearby. Rev. McCullough told NewsOK that she was inspired by the "weekend backpacks" of food given to elementary students by a local food bank. more